On Respect for Robots


  • Daniel Tigard University of San Diego


robot ethics, ai ethics, human-robot interaction, dignity, respect, Kant


We spend a lot of time with robotic and artificially intelligent (AI) technologies today. At the same time, it appears that we are growing more accustomed to interacting with AI and robots as if they were fellow human beings. Such trends have aptly brought about increasing ethical discussions concerning how we should treat technological devices. Do we owe robots some degree of respect, and how could respecting robots be justified? With this article, I put forward a new way of answering these questions. I invoke a revisionist account of Kant’s ethics that amends the usual priority of dignity before respect (Sensen, 2009). Doing so allows us to see how we might have good reasons to maintain respectful relations with some AI and robotic systems.



How to Cite

Tigard, D. (2023). On Respect for Robots. ROBONOMICS: The Journal of the Automated Economy, 4, 37. Retrieved from https://journal.robonomics.science/index.php/rj/article/view/37